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How to set up a tank for Bumblebee Platies?
I am getting a 10 gallon tank soon for my two bumblebee platies and will use the five gallon for her babies. She is pregnant now and I expect them in the next few weeks. One is male and the other is female, they both are traditional Bumblebee Platies from Petco. I know I have many questions but any information on any of these questions would be greatly appreciated.
How many platies could I have in a 10 gallon tank?
How should I set it up?
What is the best method to make sure almost all of the babies live?
How much are 10 gallon tanks?
A checklist of things for having baby platies?
Tanks can var payment but sometimes you can find them sort of cheap
For the fry tank I would keep with a very basic set up, bare bottom, which will make it easier in cleaning. Sponge filter, heater, and you can add some floating plants if you want. While there are no fry in this tank you can place the pregnant female in there to allow her to drop her fry. Once she has dropped her fry place her back into the main tank. With the fry tank you will need to do frequent water changes, daily wc of about 10% is good, this will help in keeping the water clean and will also promote growth of the fry. For feeding them you can either buy food that is specifically for fry, it is a powder that the fry can eat, or you can use flake food that you grind up real fine. Need to make sure that it is small enough for the fry to eat. I find it easier to use the powder fry food, I found a small container for a few bucks and in the month and half that I have been using it, have only used about a quarter of it. Once the fry have gotten large enough that they will not fit into the mouths of the largest fish you can add them with the other fish. One thing is you will want to make sure you have a way of getting rid of all the fry that you will have, you can check and see with your local fish stores if they will buy from local breeders. A female can drop as little as 10 fry up to over 40 in one drop.
If possible you may want to consider getting a larger tank if possible, a 15 gallon or 20 gallon will give you more space and as the fry get larger and can be moved you will have more room for the babies. Also on tanks check out craigslist, sometimes you can find some really good deals on tanks and setups.
Thank you sooooo much for this information. I am now searching for a 20 gallon tank for my platys. And have been getting offers on my Bumblebee Platy fry that will be coming d]soon :) again thank you sooo much!
Your welcome :-D
How many Bumblebee Platys could I have in a 20 gallon?
You could keep up to about 10 platys in a 20 gallon, but if you are wanting to move some of the fry over eventually I would do less than that so that you have room.
OKay thnk you soo much!!!!
Do you think I could put Saltwater snails in there? I heard that they breath air too and was wondering if it would be possible to have them in the same tank as my fish?
I would not do snails that are meant for saltwater. But there is large selection of freshwater snails that you can choose from. Mystery snails, ramshorn snails, Malaysian trumpet snails, are a few.
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